The improving quality and speed of Internet applications has been helping people to increase their productivity and reduce time lost. I personally make heavy use of Google Apps, and I find that it helps me save a lot of time on many everyday tasks.
Here are five tips on how to use Google Apps to help you become more productive:
- Keep all of your ideas and thoughts together and accessible anywhere by creating a Google Document.
A Google Document is great for keeping track of ideas, thoughts, and rough drafts. It helps me save a lot of time as I don’t have to worry about copying files from one place to the next with a USB, and I have a single place where I can write down and see all of my recent thoughts and ideas.
- Follow all of your favorite blogs and sites using Google Reader.
Google Reader is an incredible time saver for me. I have no idea how I would keep up with all of the blogs and information out there without the ability to categorize and aggregate all of my favorite feeds in one place. It is much more productive than keeping 100 bookmarks and visiting them one after the other!
- Store and track tabular data by using Google Spreadsheet.
Google Spreadsheet is another very useful Google App. It is very easy to share spreadsheet data with others, and these spreadsheets can be updated by multiple people at the same time. This is very handy when it comes to collaborating with others on the same data.
- Manage your email more effectively with Gmail.
When it comes to email, I don’t think anything beats Gmail. Traditional web email just seems so ancient and slow as molasses by comparison. The ability to store tens of thousands of emails is pretty great, too.
- Get feedback from your users with Google Forms.
Finally, the ability to embed forms directly into your website by using Google Forms, and having the results go directly into a Google Spreadsheet saves you the trouble of having to hand-code a form yourself, or collecting submissions via email and then compiling the data by hand! You can see an example of a Google Form in action by visiting my six-month giveaway. Be sure to check it out.
So, do you also have any tools that help you improve your productivity and save on time? I’d love to hear about them.